What a great thread!
I have two stories for you. One is my DS. First let me tell you I have a fear of bridges. I hate
going over them. However, because I really don't want DS to pick that up, I am super careful to never talk about it.
So anyhow we're going over a bridge one day when he was two, and I'm having my usual fear scenario in my head, and I hear this sweet little voice from the back. "We're not going to fall off the bridge, Mama. It's okay. We won't fall. We are okay."
My sweet boy! Ever since then it has been much easier for me to go over bridges.
The other story I have is not mine but a friend of a friend. She's super crunchy and when she was having her first baby she wanted to be in the hospital but no interventions. So everything is progressing (it was a mother-positive hospital, she had a doula and midwife, she did her research). However, as it's going along she started having a really, really strong feeling that something was very wrong.She told the doula and midwife and they said not to worry, most laboring mothers feel that way, it's normal, you can do this, etc. etc.. But she kept insisting something was really wrong. Finally she yelled and screamed that she needed an OB now and when the on-call OB finally came she ordered the midwife and doula out and told the OB, "We need to get this baby out NOW. I want a C-section NOW."
Apparently the OB tried to argue to but she was starting to have hysterics and scream (all the time being in labor!) and so they finally did what she wanted. She went into the OR -- and had a healthy little baby boy -- with an umbilical cord that was totally defective (e.g., the top layer was stripped and there were holes in it). If she'd birthed vaginally the baby would have died. Crazy, huh?